The Take It E.Z. Sports Show brings together two members of the Arizona high school sports media community, Eric Newman and Zach Alvira. The two discuss the biggest headlines each week, recap games and interview fellow members of the media.
Take it EZ Sports Show (Ep. 64): Week 6 in Review
Breakdown: (50 minutes)
Eric Newman and Zach Alvira return for another episode of the Take it EZ Sports Show, part of the Arizona Varsity Podcast Network. The guys spiced things up a bit as they went live on Twitter and Facebook for this week’s show, something they will do going forward. On this episode, they look over 6A scores (3:10) from Week 6 of the Arizona high school football season and highlight a few of the key matchups in the state’s top conference, including Centennial-Williams Field (4:21), Hamilton-Chaparral (6:20) and Higley-Desert Ridge (8:48). The guys also look back at some of the scores from 5A, including Horizon’s win over Apollo (11:54) before jumping into 4A scores (15:06), 3A (18:10) and 2A (18:58) before Eric shouts out Paradise Honors quarterback Gage Baker (19:37). At the 20:30 mark, Arizona Varsity Head Football Analyst Cody Cameron joins the show to discuss the Open Division rankings. And at the 47:38 mark, Chilly jumps on for the first-ever 2Piece Preview before discussing what the best thing the three ate in the last week.
Take it EZ Sports Show (Ep. 63): Week 5 in Review
Eric Newman and Zach Alvira are back for yet another episode of the Take it EZ Sports Show, part of the Arizona Varsity podcast network. The guys start the show talking about weird viral trends before recapping some of the transfers that are eligible this upcoming week (3:25). At the 5:00 mark, Zach and Eric recap some of the 6A’s biggest games from last week, including Mountain Pointe vs Buena (5:54), Centennial vs Shadow Ridge (6:37), Queen Creek vs Williams Field (8:53) and Highland vs Desert Vista (10:17). The guys then jump into 5A (13:25) and highlight Campo Verde’s win over Cienega (14:25), Horizon’s win over Millennium (15:14), Kellis’ win over Kofa (17:36) and Saguaro vs Salpointe Catholic (19:25).
The guys then jump down to 4A (21:19), where Zach shares what he saw from Angel Flores and Casa Grande (21:31). They also highlight other 4A contests, including Flagstaff vs Winslow (23:42), Cactus vs Poston Butte (28:29), Show Low vs Combs (28:59), Deer Valley vs Walden Grove (29:32) and ALA – Queen Creek vs ALA – Gilbert North (31:38). The guys then discuss Thunderbird’s mascot change (32:06) before jumping into 3A (33:44) and 2A (36:33) scores. The show comes to a close with some NAU (40:16), ASU (42:25), Cardinals (46:25), Fantasy Football (46:48) and what they ate in the last week (56:37).
Take it EZ Sports Show (Ep. 62): Week 4 in Review
Zach Alvira and Eric Newman return for the latest episode of the Take it EZ Sports Show!
Eric and Zach talk about some breaking news with Coconino football (0:40), and welcome listeners into the show by talking about Zach's new home (1:45) before getting into high school football.
The guys talk about some of the scores in 6A football from the past week (4:40) before diving into the Chandler vs. Liberty game (6:45). Then the guys discuss 5A scores and headlines (13:00) and specifically the scoring anomaly between Willow Canyon and Kofa (16:45) and Chaparral's rivalry game against Saguaro (21:50).
Then, the guys move on to 4A scores from the weekend (31:45) and get into Cactus's convincing win over Sunrise Mountain and how it affects the open standings (36:06). 3A and 2A are next (42:10).
Following those scores, Zach and Eric discuss the Open Division (48:45) as well as the most important topic: Some of the best food they ate this week (53:27).
Eric and Zach also answer some Twitter questions for the first time in several episodes (55:38), which leads Zach to give a PSA to Andrew Morgan (1:03:45) which leads to a discussion about fantasy football.
AALL.net is the sponsor of the show (1:13:13) and Eric and Zach wrap up the show with a goal for the listening audience!
Take it EZ Sports Show (Ep. 61): Recap of an Incredible Week 3
Eric Newman and Zach Alvira are back for yet another episode of the Take it EZ Sports Show and the guys are recapping what was a wild week of Arizona high school football. The guys go in depth on some of the featured games from around the state, including Chandler vs O’Connor (1:30), Coconino vs Cactus Shadows (6:50) and Horizon’s overtime win over Desert Edge (8:45). The guys also talk about an unfortunate situation that took place between McClintock and Marcos de Niza (13:00) before Eric shares what he saw between Flagstaff and Mingus (14:50). Other notable games highlighted include Boulder Creek vs Millennium (16:45), Centennial vs Mountain Ridge (18:20), Liberty vs Sunrise Mountain (27:40) and arguably the biggest of them all, Hamilton’s amazing come-from-behind win over Bishop Gorman (30:42) and what the Battle for Arizona Avenue could look like at the end of the season (39:50). The guys wrap the show with the best thing they ate in the last week (44:00).
Take it EZ Sports Show (Ep. 60): Recap of Week 1 & 2
Breakdown: (46 minutes)
Eric Newman and Zach Alvira return for episode 60 of the Take it E.Z. Sports Show, presented by AALL.net.
(1:30) Zach discusses a recent game between Desert Vista and Perry. Then he gets into Mountain Pointe football's resurgence in the past few weeks (6:35), a recent game between Campo Verde and Cactus Shadows (10:00).Then, after a week off, Eric finally got to a game on Friday. He talks about Flagstaff's 48-0 victory over Washington (12:10), and specifically the play of seniors Spencer Smith and Bodie Maier. Then, he talks about Coconino football, and their mindset having missed the first two weeks of the high school football season. (15:15) Then, Zach talks Chandler versus Cherry Creek (16:40)
Eric and Zach discuss a bit of their coverage of college football, before talking about the games they're covering and paying attention to this Friday. (23:00). Eric will see Coconino and Cactus Shadows, while Zach will be in Chandler as Hamilton takes on Bishop Gorman.
Then (32:30) Zach brings up a game that almost happened between Cactus and Desert Vista.
With more football ahead, the guys talk college football (35:20), Cardinals (36:10) and (begrudgingly for Eric) fantasy football (37:00). Finally, Zach tells the audience the best thing he ate this week (42:50) before wrapping up.
ACP/Sabino Recap, Championship Predictions
Breakdown: (68 minutes)
Eric Newman and Zach Alvira are back for episode 59 of the Take it EZ Sports Show, part of the Arizona Varsity Podcast Network. The guys open the show sharing their excitement for virtually all high school football programs in the state getting started this week. Eric shares what he saw at Flagstaff’s scrimmage against Lake Havasu this past weekend (1:37). Zach then highlights Arizona College Prep’s season opener against Sabino last Friday and some of the players who stood out to him from Sabino, including Levi Miranda, Cameron Hackworth and Kenneth Blackman (2:30). Eric and Zach then highlight the games they are looking forward to in Week 6 (8:08), Week 7 (29:30) and Week 8 (40:20) of the football season. At the 49:10 mark, Eric is forced to do the two things he hates the most, predict the matchup for every championship game this season before the two share the eight teams they believe will make the Open Division Playoffs (1:00:08).